Keeping with the theme of trying to remember my passions, I actually found it. I found the purpose behind the online crafting store I want to start but couldn't pick a direction for. A full eureka moment, where one is left thinking "how did I not figure this out years ago" and calling yourself unpleasant names for only getting on the band wagon now when it's been right in front of your face for decades.
But, I'm not going to tell you* what is it.
Not just yet anyway....
I'm truly serious about this one.
Currently working on my skill levels in certain crafts and arts via library book and online assistance.
Once I have a better idea of where my talent and skill levels truly lie I will take some classes, primarily through Craftsy I suspect, but some local classes as well.
(If you are a crafty, or artsy person, or want to be, and don't know about Craftsy, go check it out).
I have obtained a sketch book and am attempting to keep my creative juices flowing and write out the ideas even if I'm not sure how to compose them just yet.
I'm trying to creative an over all idea of what my portfolio should look like, so with that basic idea I can start creating it.
I have talked to an awesome relation who is part of a small unique marketing company de Novo, and racked her brain for help at this stage (though I suspect once I'm actually making product we will need to talk on more official terms).
And, not to get stuck on the all research and no product train - while working on my skill level and designs I am creating items for myself and for those around me.
So? Since I'm denying you the basic concept behind my store at the moment, why blog about it? - Well I can still take you along for the ride.
I am a novice seamstress, I can sew some basic things but nothing complicated and my sewing machine honestly stresses me out (that grade school drama: I'm not good at this yes so I don't want to do it at all - whiny stress).
But, once upon a time I was a novice knitter. I sat down with some practice yarn and the book Stitch'n Bitch, and knit my way through it. When the book was done I was an intermediate knitter. A few years later I am...a
So the answer is clear. Find a sewing book, and sew my way through it. The book I have chosen The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles And Classic Techniques For The New Seamstress is quite thick despite the fact that it only has five patterns in it. This is good - this tells me that the book provides TONES of information and from the pictures I can tell there will be lots of opportunities to use up all of my scrap fabric as I verify that I understand the technique at had. And - I like the patterns, they fit with that shift in my own attire I have been attempting to achieve.Well, all except the first one...
I am too short to pull of a skirt with a scalloped edge. I will still probably make myself a skirt based off that pattern, only with a strait edge, but a big part of the leaning is in the edge. So, anyone want a "Meringue Skirt"? It'll be a little bit before I actually get around to making it, there are 53 pages before I get to the pattern, and not to lose sight of the real goal at hand I intend to take my time with those pages, but just because I don't want it doesn't mean someone else can't put it to good use.
Shoot me comment if you're interested.
And yes, there is music to be had with starting my online crafting business prep. You better believe I was singing my head off, when the idea finally came together in my head, and continue to sing while crafting, when my concentration allows it. :P
*Actually, I am telling close friends and family if they are interested. So if you're among that list, feel free to shoot me a line of inquiry.